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From Blogger to WordPress (tutorial for newbies)

Discussion in 'WordPress' started by Lastbutnotleast, May 1, 2008.

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    I wanted to help some people to discover WordPress so I wrote this small tutorial

    Don't say I will start tomorrow. Start today! And forget Blogger and the other platforms!

    Buy a domain name at Godaddy
    A ".com" is the best option
    ".info" / ".biz" / ".org" (depending on the concept of your site) are maybe another option if ".com" is not available
    Use Google to find coupons / promo codes (“godaddy promo” ; “godaddy promo code” ; “godaddy coupon”) in order to pay less

    Order an hosting plan at HostGator
    Hatchling plan ($4.95/month) will allow you to host 1 domain while the Baby plan ($7.95/month) will allow you to host an unlimited number of domains
    SEMrush
    Activate Wordpress with Cpanel
    Cpanel > Fantastico DeLuxe > WordPress > New Installation > install WordPress (3 steps)

    Find a new theme
    Link (official) = http://themes.wordpress.net
    Unzip the theme folder and upload it to "wp-content/themes"
    Dashboard > Design > click on the theme you like
    Some links (free themes)
    http://www.freewpthemes.net
    http://www.wpthemespot.com
    http://www.wpthemesfree.com
    http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/wp-themes/
    http://rockinthemes.com
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/08/100-excellent-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes/
    http://themes.blogflux.com
    http://themes.rock-kitty.net
    http://www.wpskins.org
    http://www.wordpressgallery.com
    http://qualitywordpress.com
    http://ophelianicholson.com
    http://www.skinpress.com

    Add some plugins
    Link (official) = http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
    Unzip the plugin folder and upload it to "wp-content/plugins"
    Dashboard > Plugins > chose the plugin you want then Activate
    Some links
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Plugin_Compatibility/2.5
    http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2007/12/best-wordpress-plugins-for-power-blogging/
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/06/29/wordpress-plugins-tutorials-your-pick/

    Tips & tricks
    - To edit any file (header, footer, sidebar, post) of your blog:
    Dashboard > Design > Theme editor > files
    - In order to get SEO friendly URL
    Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks > Common settings > Custom structure: /%postname%/
    You will get a structure like this: domain-name.com/post-name/
    Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks > Common settings > Custom structure: /%category%/%postname%/
    You will get a structure like this: domain-name.com/category/post-name/

    Now you’re ready to blog!

    Wordpress: http://wordpress.org

    I do hope this will help
     
    Lastbutnotleast, May 1, 2008 IP
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    Nice tutorial. Rep added.
     
    themanbeast9, May 1, 2008 IP
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    #3
    Topic bookmarked.
    And if you already are using Blogger? Can you pass the content to Wordpress, or every post again one by one?
     
    pintapau, May 2, 2008 IP
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    thank you!! i'm really looking for this...:)
     
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  5. Lastbutnotleast

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    Import posts, comments, and users from a Blogger blog

    Dashboard > Manage > Import > Blogger > Authorize

    More information:
    http://www.blogherald.com/2007/12/14/blogger-sucks-wanna-move-to-wordpress/

    If you like, +Rep is cool ;)
     
    Lastbutnotleast, May 2, 2008 IP
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    godsofchaos Peon

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  7. Lastbutnotleast

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    Good job mate...I kinda regret putting the date in my Permalink structure.
    Don't know if it makes sense to change now.
     
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  9. Lastbutnotleast

    Lastbutnotleast Peon

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    It's never too late. It makes sense to change even now ;)
     
    Lastbutnotleast, May 2, 2008 IP
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    Steupz Peon

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    #10
    but what's the negative impact of the date?

    I can see one positive, it prevents you from that odd chance of duplicating a permalink.
     
    Steupz, May 2, 2008 IP
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    Thanks.
    Sorry, noob question, what's +Rep?
     
    pintapau, May 2, 2008 IP
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    There is no negative impact of the date indeed but there is no sense in using the default option too as they do not provide human or SEO friendly URLs

    If you stress about duplicate URLs you can add the category to the structure or you can use the date and name based structure ( domain-name.com/2008/05/02/postname/ )
     
    Lastbutnotleast, May 2, 2008 IP
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    means your are adding positive reputation points to the member
     
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    #15
    These themes are quite nice but not for newbies (title of the thread) ;)

    If you visit Brian's forum you will notice that I've bought the revolution theme and I gave up the customization process because of the lack of time and my priority was content!

    As I have about 5 big projects with WordPress as CMS I can't spend a lot of time with customization and there are so many nice free themes available in the links posted of this thread! :)

    Well. The purpose of this thread is not to deal anymore with this issue anyway
     
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    #16
    Nice guide. Self-hosted WordPress has a lot of advantages over Blogger, so appreciate you getting the word out. You may want to also redirect your old Blogger blog posts to your new WordPress installation. It's explained in this move from Blogger to WordPress article.
     
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    Thanks mate ;)
     
    Lastbutnotleast, Jun 24, 2008 IP
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    #18
    I was concerned after reading the thread title and then the first post that you would not actually have the instructions on how to convert/import a blogger blog into a wordpress blog. But thanks for posting that as a follow up!

    I use both Blogger and Wordpress for different things and I don't always insist that WP is better. It certainly gives you more control, but not always ease of use.

    Here are some more advanced wordpress tricks/hacks that I found collected here -
    http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/40-most-wanted-wordpress-tricks-and-hacks/
    - I haven't used any of them yet, but I've seen them reviewed here and elsewhere pretty well.
     
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    Thanks Lastbutnotleast,
    I will try this method soon
     
    priandoyo, Jun 25, 2008 IP
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    Great job, rep added =).
     
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